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DEVELOPING COUNTY-SPECIFIC COSTED ACTION PLANS FOR ENDING FGM FOR GARISSA, TANA RIVER AND WAJIR COUNTIES.

Introduction of Organization

Womankind Kenya is a national NGO registered in 1995.The organization particularly works with women and children, the most vulnerable members of the society; and addresses issues of Education, sustainable Livelihood, Water Sanitation & Health, Women Empowerment, Good Governance and emergencies interventions. The organization works with the pastoral communities at large to address core problems.

Womankind Kenya Mission: – To build confidence, raise self-esteem and empower the community we work with to participate fully in their own affair and decision making to facilitate community -based projects. This is aimed to exploit the natural and human resources available in the region whilst sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of the livelihoods. The organization aims to bring together the local community with their expertise and experience and the development agencies with their resource to confront Ignorance, Diseases, Poor Livestock Husbandry, Environmental Degradation and the resultant Poverty and Retrogression.

Womankind Kenya forms the basis for networking with Development Stakeholders both national and international to create a resource center and coordination platform to forge an inclusive planning for a sustainable community development on challenges affecting the pastoral community. While also integrating the existing unexplored opportunities and successful model projects for improvement of socio-economic status of the target population.

Background of Consultancy

Garissa, Wajir and Tana River Counties are among the 22 counties mapped by the Government of Kenya as hot spots for the continued practice of FGM. Garissa and Wajir Counties are inhabited by Somalis who have the highest FGM prevalence in Kenya of 94 per cent while Tana River County is inhabited by Somalis ,Wardei and Orma accounts 87 Per cent[1]. This means that the Somali, Wardei and Orma communities have FGM prevalence four times above the national FGM prevalence which stands at 21per cent (Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014). The practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against girls and women. The reasons given for the continuation and support for FGM includes religion requirement, preservation of virginity and to reduce sexual urges and prevent premarital sex.

Apart from health consequences, FGM has an indirect impact on early child bearing age with young women age 15-19 have begun childbearing in Tana River (28 per cent), and Wajir (17 per cent) and Garissa (10 per cent)[2]. Evidence show adolescent childbearing has many negative health, social, and demographic consequences. Children born to women age 15-19 are more likely to die in infancy and early childhood than children born to older mothers. Women who start having children young often do not complete secondary school, limiting their future employment possibilities and other life choices.

In its partnership with UNICEF Kenya, through the Accelerating Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (AAFGM) project, Womankind Kenya is working to accelerate efforts towards the abandonment of FGM, fulfill the rights of girls and women by actualizing the transformation of undesirable social and gender norms by the end of 2022 The project implementation framework envisions four outcomes;

i. Country has an enabling environment for the elimination of FGM practices at all levels and in line with human rights standards

ii. Girls and women are empowered to exercise and express their rights by transforming social and gender norms in communities to eliminate FGM

iii. Girls and women access appropriate, quality and systemic services for FGM prevention, protection and care

iv. Country has better capacity to generate and use evidence and data for policymaking and improving programming.

Purpose

The consultancy service is to develop an all-inclusive costed action plans with a communication plan, monitoring and evaluation for Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties that will provide key strategic guidance on the institutional framework and pillars necessary for realization of accessibility of quality services for FGM prevention, protection and care.

The Action plans will include the associated risks and assumptions, a monitoring and evaluation framework, communication plan, which is well spelled out with implementation timeframes..**

Objective of Consultancy

The overall objective of the consultancy is to develop county-specific costed plan of action to accelerate abandonment of FGM, with communication plan, monitoring and evaluation framework. The following are specific objectives of the consultancy:

  1. To conduct stakeholder analysis and consultations with different actors both at National and County Levels to realize a multisectoral plan to scale up efforts to end FG, that will engage positively both in knowledge and leveraging of resources.

  2. To design a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to facilitate clear tracking of the indicators of success within the costed plan of Action on ending FGM in Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties

  3. To develop a communication plan for the costed plan of Action on accelerating abandonment of FGM in Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties

Scope of the consultancy

Womankind Kenya is seeking a professional Consultant/Consulting Institution, with the appropriate profile, for a short-term consultancy to Develop County Level Costed Action Plans to end FGM in Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties.

The Consultant will be required to;

§ Conduct a desk review of available documents and assessments on Female Genital Mutilation and develop a road map for the assignment.

§ Identify relevant County, sectoral Agencies and key national ministries at the County level and conduct the institutional assessments in terms of FGM elimination.

§ Facilitate the design and organization of consultations, meetings, Interviews with stakeholders to gather data and information to support the development of the plan of action to accelerate abandonment of FGM.

§ Prepare a SWOT Analysis of County Gender Departments/Desks to identify and prioritize key strategic areas to be addressed in changing social norms and ending FGM

§ Develop interventions/ activities based on the key strategic areas on ending FGM to be included in the first draft.

§ Conduct a participatory meeting with relevant national & county departments, development partners, civil society stakeholders and community representatives to discuss the first draft of the action plan to end FGM.

§ Cost the agreed upon County Action Plan activities, with consultation with key stakeholders involved in budgetary allocations.

§ Submit the Three Costed Plans for inputs from UNICEF & Womankind Kenya.

§ Conduct a validation workshop based on the inputs received from key stakeholders.

§ Budget the County Level Action Plans on ending FGM.

§ Develop a communication plan for the costed plan of action to end FGM

§ Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the costed plan of action to end FGM

§ Finalize and submit the Costed Action Plans based on the validation inputs.

The assignment will entail reviewing previous reports and documents relating to Womankind Kenya’s Accelerating Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (AAFGM) Programme, Joint Programme on ending FGM by UNICEF/UNFPA, National and regional policies documents for eradication of female genital mutilation, FGM County Specific Minimum Packages developed and identification of strategic pillars to anchor the Action Plans. Consultations will be held with with relevant multisectoral technical working groups at county level and finally develop Costed Plans of Action that are holistically owned by the County Stakeholders to end FGM. The Plans of Action should include a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, which will be owned by different stakeholders involved in eliminating FGM and should clearly spell out the various mechanisms of measuring performance, means of verification and ways of utilizing the decisions made.

Methodology

The County Action Plans development process will adopt participatory approach. The Costed County Action Plans will set out the prevention, protection and response strategies needed to advance the eradication of FGM within the three counties.

The Costed Action Plans will serve to develop the capacities of both county and national government officials, civil societies for FGM eradication, assist the development of advocacy tools and strategies to be used by different partners to end FGM, provide the platform for the implementation of a functional monitoring and evaluation system to support the elimination of FGM and the same time provide the basis of review and reporting the progress for the two counties in their efforts to end FGM.

Duration and Consultancy Deliverables

The assignment is expected to take a total of 90 days (30 working days per County) from Inception to final report submission, disaggregated per deliverable as follows:

DELIVERABLES

ESTIMATED DURATION TO COMPLETE

  1. Inception Report detailing the agreed-upon methodology of executing the assignment

  2. Initial Report after desk review of available documents and assessments of national and county gender institutions on efforts aimed at ending FGM.

  3. A SWOT Analysis for the potential plan developed

15 days

  1. Consultations with UNICEF, Womankind Kenya, Anti-FGM Board, Department of Children’s Services, County Gender Department and other relevant CSOs

7 days

  1. Institutional assessment and consultation with allied sectors of education, heath, safe homes, legal, psychosocial services providers at the three counties.

7 days

  1. Girls, women, boys, men, community and religious leaders, focus group discussions on the development of contextualized County Action Plan

7 days

  1. Development of the first draft of the three Counties Action Plans to end FGM for Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties

21 days

  1. County Action Plan Costing exercise completed and submitted for feedback.

5 days

  1. Communication Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Costed Action Plan completed and submitted for feedback

10 days

  1. Presentation of the first draft of the costed plan of action with communication, monitoring and evaluation to UNICEF, Anti-FGM Board Woman Kenya, Department of Children’s Services, County Gender Department and other relevant CSOs

3 days

  1. Comments and insights from the stakeholders’ workshop and workshop report submission

6 days

  1. Validation of the Second Draft of the Costed County Action Plans to end FGM, with Communication Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation of Garissa, Tana River and Wajir Counties

a. Validation will be at community and county level (4 validation exercise @per day)

4 Days

8 Final Costed County Action Plans to end FGM with Communication Plan and Monitoring and Evaluation of the three counties based on the final validation comments submitted

5 days

The assignment is expected to be accomplished by mid of December 2020.

Key Qualifications

§ Post-graduate qualification in Public policy, Public Finance, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Community Development, Communication Development or any other relevant field of study with over 10 Years’ experience in the relevant field.

§ Prior engagement with research and situational analysis on FGM will be an asset

§ Excellent communications and report writing skills

§ Good knowledge of child protection and child rights issues, FGM, Gender issues in the Kenyan Context

[1] KDHS 2014

[2] https://www.dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/ATR16/ATR16.pdf

How to apply

Application Procedure

Suitably qualified and interested persons/institutions should develop Expressions of Interest (EOI) with Technical and Financial Proposals as separate documents- indicating innovative ideas of executing the assignment within the guidelines of COVID-19. The Technical Proposal should consist of a suitability statement, verifiable evidence and contacts of 3 previous clients where similar assignments were successfully completed, work plan and detailed CV of the lead consultant. The two proposals should be submitted through [email protected] latest 5th November 2020.

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